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Animal studies in recent years raise the possibility that prenatal exposure to minuscule amounts of common chemicals - found in everything from baby bottles to toys - could predispose a body to a life of weight gain. The chemicals, known as endocrine disrupters, mimic natural hormones that help regulate, for example, how many fat cells a body makes and how much fat to store in them.
Posted Jan 22, 2008 12:31 PM (external - login to view) PST
Category: SCIENCE/HEALTH (external - login to view)
There are some other causes for the obesity epidemic; causes the mainstream media won't touch because their advertisers would object.
When you get a chance, rent a DVD of the movie, "The Insider". Starring Russell Crowe, this film is based on the true story of a tobacco company insider who blew the whistle on the tobacco companies' addition of chemicals to cigarettes to make them more addictive.
Likewise, US food manufacturers add chemicals to processed food to make people want to eat MORE, in order to sell more product and make more money. Two of the worst are Aspartame and Monosodium Glutamate.
Aspartame is sold as a diet aid and artificial sweetener. But along with its other delitorious health effects, asprtame causes the body to crave carbohydrates! This is why food stores will bundle bottles of aspartame-laced diet sodas with various corn and potato chip products. They know that as you drink the diet soda, you will consume the snack chips.
Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, is marketed as a flavor enhancer, but what it really does is block the neurotransmitters that signal the brain when one has eaten enough. When laboratories need obese rats for medical tests, they will dose the rats with monosodium glutamate. Otherwise the rats would stop eating and refuse to put on weight. Monosodium glutamate is prescribed for elderly patients who are not eating enough.
When you eat food made with monosodium glutamate, you will eat much more than usual, which means you will go back to the store more often to buy more food, driving up the food manufacturer's profits. Which is fine for them and their shareholders, but you are still eating more than you normally would because of the chemicals added by the food companies, just as cigarette smokers smoked more cigarettes than they normally would have because of the chemicals added by the tobacco companies.
So powerful is monosodium glutamate in making people consume more food that food manufacturers add it to all sorts of products, often concealing it by using alternative names such as "hydrolyzed Wheat Protein", or even vague descriptions such as "enzymes" and "natural flavorings." In one ironic case, a low-fat yogurt product specifically targeted at people trying to lose weight was found to be loaded with MSG, which would make the dieter eat MORE of the product. The label did not list MSG specifically, but used the phrase "Enzymes". What we need is a new "Insider" who will blow the lid off of the chemicals added to food by food manufacturers for no other purpose than to sell more product, without regard for the health damages that chemically induced overeating can cause.
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